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Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces

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Are you looking to build a workplace culture with a certain buzz about it? Where employees are thriving and engagement survey scores are through the roof. Where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are hired and set up for success—and they all want their friends to work there too, because it’s so awesome.

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Hardcover, 253 pages
Published January 14th 2019 by Better Allies Press
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J.K. Miller
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Unfortunately, diverse and inclusive workplaces are elusive. They are both difficult to find and hard to create.” Better Allies begins with this truthbomb.

The author pulls no punches: your workplace is NOT a meritocracy if the demographics state otherwise.

I’ve long considered myself an ally, advocate and champion, but it isn’t always clear what to DO. And I think every well-intentioned ally has experienced the feeling of trepidation: am I getting this all wrong? Or the moment of do
Poornima Vijayashanker
Diversity and inclusion may be hot buttons to stay clear of, especially with people scrutinizing practices and scoffing at the benefits. But you know they are important. So how can you approach the topics, and set your team and company up to see a change? Through Allyship.

Wondering what it is and how to be a better ally? Karen Catlin covers what it is and how to be a better ally through simple actions you can perform with your team and company daily.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was provided an e-book copy for review by the publisher.

This book took a long time for me to start and then for me to read. As a white woman in academic science, I have often been and often am the only woman in the room. This makes me both an ally and someone who can benefit from allyship.

While this book focuses on tech, there are many parallels in fields that also have under-representation of women and minorities. While reading, I thought of several people that I could give copie
Wiebke Kuhn
This book has simple suggestions, compelling examples, and clear research references to help you become an ally for women and minoritized groups, especially in the IT world. An ally is someone who works on changing the system, not on saving the day for one individual (those are knights). Being an ally is hard work and potentially very uncomfortable. But it is also the right thing to do. Men in IT, I urge you to read this book.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of practical, actionable, meaningful suggestions. Probably a better read for the choir than for the skeptic, and the advice may be more intuitive for those in hierarchical businesses rather than flatter ones. Some suggestions are flatly impracticable for those in a power-down position, but I like the valuable insights into privilege and allyship.
Anne Janzer
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the antidote to toxic corporate culture in any industry. Catlin’s practical, empathetic suggestions address systemic problems, unconscious bias, and the general obliviousness that make people feel unwelcome in the workplace.

Whether you want to better understand, support, or advocate for underrepresented groups, this book will help. Read it and share it.
Grace Ascuasiati
I loved this book, it is full of ideas / actions to help you make your company more inclusive and it is also full of examples. Looking forward to implementing and sharing these initiatives.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Sandy Morley
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Actionable, thoughtful, concise, no wasted language. I wish I'd read this book sooner... And I wish I knew it was included in a Kindle unlimited subscription!
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After spending twenty-five years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears.

Today, Karen is a leadership coach, keynote speaker, and author. In 2014, Karen started the Twitter handle @betterallies to share simple, a